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AB-128 State Air Resources Board: alternative actions to assessing penalties.(2011-2012)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 128


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Logue

January 11, 2011


An act to add Section 39615 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to air pollution.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 128, as introduced, Logue. State Air Resources Board: alternative actions to assessing penalties.
Existing law subjects violators of air pollution laws to specified civil and administrative penalties. Existing law imposes various duties on the State Air Resources Board relative to the reduction of air pollution.
This bill would authorize the state board, in lieu of assessing penalties for a violation of an air pollution control law administered by the state board, to require a person who has violated that law to spend an amount equivalent to the amount that would have been assessed for the violation toward actions to comply with the air pollution control law that was violated or toward a supplemental environmental project, as defined.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 39615 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

(a) In lieu of assessing penalties for a violation of an air pollution control law administered by the state board, the state board may require a person who has violated that law to spend an amount equivalent to the amount that would have been assessed for the violation towards actions to comply with the air pollution control law that was violated or towards a supplemental environmental project, if the person has prepared a financing plan to complete the actions to comply with the air pollution control law or prepared a financing plan to complete the supplemental environmental project.

39615.
 (b) (1) If the penalty amount exceeds fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000), the portion of the penalty amount that may be directed to be expended on a supplemental environmental project shall not exceed fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) plus 50 percent of the penalty amount that exceeds fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
(2) For purposes of this section, a “supplemental environmental project” means an environmentally beneficial project that a person agrees to undertake, with the approval of the state board, that would not be undertaken in the absence of an enforcement action under this section.